The father of a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since last Friday is making an emotional appeal for her to return home.
The child was last seen near the St Luke’s Brighton Primary School in St George last Friday, after she told a family member that she was going to meet a younger cousin at school.
Police said she was wearing a red and white striped dress with black tights and a pair of black and white slippers. Her hair was plaited in two cornrows, with
A troubled Mark Taylor with whom she lives at Melverton, St George did not seem to think his daughter had suffered the worst. He told Barbados TODAY he simply wanted her to come home.
“At the end of the day she is my daughter despite the fact of whatever she does. I will still love her no matter what. I may be a little disappointed, but I just encouraging her to come back home and let me see what other help I can get to try to find out what is her concern,” Taylor said, the worrying look on his face betraying his deep despair.
“She still don’t really talk. When you ask her what’s wrong she would say nothing. I just want her to come back home because her family really misses her. I hope she returns safe, that’s the truth.”
The young girl had left home once before without word of her whereabouts. Her father recalled his sheer shock and disgust when the police found her at a man’s home last December, a few days after she had left home one night, indicating she was on her way to the shop.
Just last Thursday, one day before the teenager’s disappearance, the 26-year-old St Michael man was released on bail after he was charged in connection with the child’s absence from home.
“I don’t know how she met him or how she knew him. But I took her phone and went through it and I saw a picture of this guy with her.
“So I do the usual searching, send the pictures to my friends and that is how I managed to track him in Jackson [St Michael] and tell the police where to go. That was the first time she went missing,” the concerned father told Barbados TODAY.
Taylor’s determination led him to his daughter then. However, he admitted that this time he might have to work a little harder, although he had an idea where the police should begin their search for the missing girl.
“I am just hoping and praying that something good would come out of this, that I would get her find, that I could just try my best to see what other help I could get for her. I really don’t know what else to do and that’s the truth.”
In addition to his daughter, the St George man also raises a visually impaired 12-year-old son and the ordeal appeared to be weighing on him.
Taylor said his daughter had been an obedient child who “never give me any trouble” until she suffered a traumatic experience almost three years ago. Barbados TODAY is barred from mentioning the experience due to legal reasons, but the father said it changed the child’s attitude and her approach to school despite his attempts to maintain a close relationship with her.
“After we found out [about her experience] that is when everything started going in the wrong direction. As a parent it got me wondering, trying to figure out what is going on in the girl’s mind. What is it that she is really looking for? She don’t get mistreat at home, I try to give her whatever she wants,” he stressed.
Taylor and the child’s mother are separated.